Global Water Intelligence Awards
At GWI 2007, on 2 and 3 April, Global Water Intelligence, the British analysts of private water projects, brought together investors and the key people from the international water and desal sector for a high level summit in Barcelona, Spain.
Black & Veatch, CH2M Hill, , Poseidon Resources, GE Water were the American companies that won distinctions or commendations.
Energy Recovery Inc. won the prize for Environmental contribution of the year, recognizing the success of its PX energy recovery device, that reaches a 98% efficiency.
According to the organizers, some of the reasons why Acciona Agua won were its confidence to take on some of the toughest engineering challenges the desalination industry can offer (e.g. the Tampa Bay plant redesign in Florida mentioned in the preceding post and the Thames Gateway, the first desalting plant in the UK, which is as much a water reuse project as a desalination plant).
Acciona Agua was also recently chosen as engineering firm for another important desalination project in the US, the Carlsbad desalination plant (in Southern California).
Befesa (developer of the year) was recognized for its success in different ventures internationally, from India (it is building a plant in Chennai) to Algeria (2 plants)to the US, where it competed (and lost) against Acciona Water in a rival team for the Carlsbad plant. In the Huntington Beach project, though, Befesa´s team is in the final short-list.
Aqualia (water company of the year, part of the FCC group) entered the world stage winning contracts in Italy, Algeria, Portugal and the Czech Republic
The full list of winners and special mentions can be seen here: http://www.globalwaterawards.com/.